Forget the stereotype about mean girls. Mean boys are worse, according to new research. An Australian study tracked around 800 school students over 10 years, and found 72 percent of 9th-grade boys and 65 percent of girls confessed to “covert” bullying. That’s the subtler kind of harassment associated with backstabbing and spreading rumors, instead of verbal abuse and fistfights.
Unsurprisingly, boys are twice as likely as girls to have engaged in the latter. Girls have a slight edge when it comes to technology, though: 15 percent say they’ve cyber-bullied someone on social networks, compared to 14 percent of boys.